FLEETWOOD Town have unveiled their first signings as a Football League club, including a young striker they believe has the pedigree to be a future Jamie Vardy.
Top prospect Alex Titchiner is an exciting addition to Town’s attacking options, while the Wales Under-21 keeper Chris Maxwell has also joined the Highbury ranks.
Titchiner was a sensation in the Evo-Stik League last season, coming to Town’s attention just like million-pound man Vardy the season before.
Titchiner bagged 44 goals for Witton last season, helping them win promotion alongside AFC Fylde to the premier division, exceeding Vardy’s 29 with Halifax the previous season in the Evo-Stik.
And while Town were naturally quick to play down the similarities to Vardy – Titchiner was previously a trainee at Crewe, where Vardy had a trial – they are optimistic he can make his own name at the club.
Chairman Andy Pilley said: “Alex is a talent we have been watching for many months and we believe he is a player we can develop into an exciting Football League player.”
Titchiner, named young player of the year in Evo-Stik First Division North, takes inspiration from the success of Vardy, who has signed for Championship Leicester after a phenomenal campaign with the Cod Army.
Titchiner said: “There were a few other league clubs interested in me, but as soon as I heard of Fleetwood’s interest this was the only club on my mind. I never reached the first team at Crewe but I believe I can do well in the Football League and I can’t wait to start playing for Fleetwood.”
Former Wrexham keeper Maxwell is expected to provide competition for Town No.1 Scott Davies, an ever-present in last season’s title-winning side.
Though still only 21, Maxwell was at Wrexham from the age of ten and made 76 senior appearances, besides playing for Wales in four age categories. He was released by the Welshmen at the end of the season.